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Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas


I’ve still got book reviews to do!

I got a signed copy of this one and OMGEEEEEEE it’s so pretty!


The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. 

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what — and who — to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.


Aelin is on her way to get her throne back but Aelin has a lot to prove herself. She can’t get her throne, not yet so she goes off to find an army and to get her old enemies back into her good books. By her side is Rowan, Aedion and Lysandra. But things are happening back at Ardalan too. An attack on the palace and its town by the witches looks like its the end for Dorian Havillard but, for a life debt, Manon Blackbeak let’s him escape, basically putting the death sentence above her head. 

Dorian ends up with Aelin and the others in Skulls Bay where he meets Captain Rolfe, (who we’ve met in Assassins Blade.) At first he’s reluctant to help Aelin, considering the past when he knew her as Celeana, but with the persuasion of the others, including Aedion’s father,  Gavriel,  and Fenrys, Captain Rolfe agrees.

With Manon in front of the witches, trying to lie her way out of what happened, Its Asterin the witches ask to pay the price of Manon’s betrayal. But Manon knows the truth about her heritage and things are about to happen. Going against her Grandmother and the other witches, Manon buys her Thirteen time to run while she attacks her Grandmother. But it does go wrong for Manon. Her thirteen escape but she gets injured. Jumping on Abraxos’ back, she manages to flew, telling him to get her safety.

Which just so happens to be the boat that Aelin is on. 

Everyone manages to put their differences aside, after a few heated moments between them, and agree to put aside their differences and help one another.

Meanwhile, Elide Lochlan is trying to find Celeana to give her the thing that Kaltain Rompier gave to her. During her journey she comes across Lorcan, the demi fae whose Maeve’s right hand man. He still has his grudge against Aelin, still determined to kill her. The pair he of on the wrong foot but after a while they start to appreciate each other and Lorcan actually finds a softer side to him. Their journey is also leading them towards Aelin and the others but there’s a price over Lorcan’s head… One the Gavriel and Fenrys must obey.

When they all get together, there’s fighting and snarling but they do manage to put that behind them too, especially with Maeve’s fleet on the way. 

The fight is big, like epic big! Manon and Aelin learn the truth about Elena and the price she paid for what she did all those years ago. With a heavy heart, Manon and Aelin return. Right into the path of Maeve who has Elide. Aelin knows she has to fight but her powers are depleted after the fight that already happened. Truths are revealed and sacrifices must be done… But who will be the sacrifice and who will have their heart broken?

Okay I know the summary isn’t that great but I can’t give stuff away.

Aelin is just as great as ever and her relationship with Rowan is stronger than ever. Especially that scene on the beach! Together they are a force to be reckoned with and Rowan will put his life on the line for her. Knowing the truth about them broke my heart. I’m not ruining it but god! Maeve is a bitch! What she did was horrible! And a broken hearted Rowan is like a sucker punch in the feels

Lysandra and Aedion are getting closer too, not sure if its going down that way but I kinda hope so, although what happened at the end and what Lysandra was going to do, kinda makes it hard in them getting together. I love Lysandra’s shape shifting abilities and how she help Aelin in anyway she can. I did want to slap Aedion a few times, especially when he kept doubting everything Aelin did. 

Manon and Dorian! OMG Manorian! God damn I’ve wanted them to get together since they first met! Dorian has grown a bit more in this book, embracing his powers and showing that he can be a leader. They tried to keep him out of harms away a lot but he showed he was strong by using his powers. Manon has always been a favourite character for me. Unlike the other witches, she kinda has a conscience, thinks about things before she follows and questions things. I like how Manon and Aelin sort of got a friendship going between them and I love how Manon and Dorian snipe and tease each other. Can’t wait to see what happens to those two in the last book.

Elide and Lorcan… God the cranky fae finally unthawed! The dynamic between those two! At first I thought I was imaging it between them but they’ve got chemistry. I liked watching Lorcan unthaw and realising that there is a life outside of Maeve. He grew on me a lot. Except for the end when I thought BASTARD! But I got a feeling something is going to happen in the last book and he did feel genuinely upset about what he’d done after he learnt the truth. I hope we get to see more Elide and Lorcan in book 6.

Fenrys and Gavriel are great. They may have been sworn to Maeve but I loved how they went onto the side of Aelin. Gavriel is trying to make amends with Aedion and I kinda wish he would just listen to him. Fenrys was great, kinda think he had a little thing for Aelin, but I’m sure Rowan would have shut it down haha. Fenrys can winnow, something that happens in the ACOTAR books so I’m thinking something is going on there.. We’ll have to wait and see I suppose!

Overall this book tore me apart, put me back together and then tore me apart all over again. Damn it Maas why do you do this?!?! Why do you do this?!?!

The ending to the book was tore me apart! I just… I can’t.

This is the reason why Sarah J Maas is my favourite all time author because she can make you feel so many things and she transports you into her world from the first page and the men…THE MEN!! GOD! haha 

If you’ve read the TOG books then definetly make sure you have tissues when you read this book, if you haven’t read the books then please do. You won’t be disappointed!

Can’t believe the next book is the last one! I better have a happy Aelin and Rowan ending!

5 out of 5 stars


Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas book review





Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

I am going to apologise for this review now because I am so unbelievably tired I just KNOW its going to sound like a jumbled mess of words so I AM SORRY!

I honestly LOVED this book and the others that followed. It was just… WOW.

A combination of a lot of my favourite things; Fantasy, fiction, medieval times, dark magic, hot guys and a strong badass heroine. Absolutely loved it!

Celeana has accepted what she is, rescued from a bad situation when she was only a child and trained to become the best assassin. She inevitably learned how to take care of herself and trust nobody.

Now she has the opportunity to win her freedom after spending a year in Endovier, the roughest prison in all the land, where most don’t survive.

The arrives Dorian, the Crown Prince of Ardalan and his guard, Chaol, who has an offer for Celeana; suddenly she’s off to Ardalan; the home of her enemy and the person she despises most in the world. He’s taken a lot from her but now she’s about to enter a competition to be his Champion and, eventually, to win her freedom.

But things don’t go as smoothly as Celeana hoped. She uncovers something deadly, she gets caught up in a, kind of love triangle, with Dorian and Chaol and to top things all off she’s found a hidden passageway where the dead Queen of Ardalan from thousands of years ago is visiting her… Can things get any complicated?

Throughout all the commotion, however, is her friendship with Princess Nehemia.

But the competition is what she needs to focus on, and defeating the other competitors.

Will Celeana come on top?
The story kept me hooked from the beginning. So many things are happening at the same time; we have Celeana competing for her freedom (and her life). Celeana and Nehemia spark a friendship and Celeana discovers that in this land where magic has been vanished, the Dark Arts have not been forgotten.
She also learns that Nehemia has a secret and she will have to figure out if Nehemia is really someone she can trust or if after all she has been a terrible judge of character and therefore put her life in even more danger.

Dorian and Chaol.

What can I say about these two?

They are of course the two love interests for who Celeana (and us the readers) will fall for but it’s not as easy as it sounds though.
Dorian is the Crown Prince of Ardalan and is gorgeous and funny and he seems to have taken an instant liking to Celeana and through a series of flirtatious behaviour, he does, for a while get the girl. But he’s not really a match for Celeana. They get along great and they are good together, but I can’t see it lasting. They don’t inspire each other, they don’t seem to have that balance of love and hate. They seem more like friends than lovers.

And then there’s Chaol  … *le sigh* *swoon*. He is sexy and moody and strong and passionate and just… UH everything you want in a book boyfriend. Him and Celeana balance each other, they come across as hard and terrible but deep down they hurt and they have their secrets and their passions and their unyielding loyalty towards the people they care for. Honestly I was in love with him from the beginning so when Celeana had a minor fling with Dorian I was beside my self.
The competition itself is brutal and I loved how the book managed to convey all that in your head. Everything that Sarah described, was envisioned in my head. I could imagine the competitions they did, I could see the way they fought, everything about it was brilliant and for a YA book some of the fight scenes were brutal but I loved it. Its based in medieval times (I assume it is) so you would have brutal fight scenes and blood and just… Yeah. It fuelled my inner medieval warrior side.

I like how the book as well was split into POV’s. It was mainly Celeana’s side of things that we got but I liked how we got to see bits of Dorian and Chaol and Nehemia. It made me understand them more, made me realise just how complex all their lives together were.

Throne of lass is a brilliant start to the series and I know that, as the other books come along, more things will be uncovered about all of the characters I have come to love.

5 out of 5 stars.